Scientists plan to drill into an impact crater where the remnants of a killer asteroid lie off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
The Chicxulub crater is the spot where an asteroid stuck 66 million years ago, killing the dinosaurs and most life on the planet. Scientists hope that by drilling into the crater sediments, they may be able to learn how life here bounced back after the devastating impact.
“You can assume that at ground zero of this impact we are dealing with a sterile ocean, and over time life renewed itself. We might learn something for the future,” Research Professor Sean Gulick of University of Texas Institute for Geophysics told CNN on Thursday.
Dinosaur-killing asteroid to be drilled by scientists: